Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life, a perfect time to make a change
Unfortunately many will have the same old problems nagging them. Their vision for the future a blurred mess, lacking change strategies. If you have something holding you back, something needs to change and the sooner the better. Many feel the frustration of having a vision but are not able to take themselves there, for one reason or another. Do you have a vision or a goal but something is stopping you making it happen? What is it and how can you achieve some of your major goals this year?
“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”. Alexander the Great
A change management strategy describes specific ways in which your business will address the changes it needs to make to maintain profitable growth and sustainability. The goal of establishing change strategies is to ensure that any negative effects of the change will be minimised. To effectively institute change management strategies, you must be able to recognise when and where a change is needed. How to approve changes, how to implement changes and how to monitor changes to ensure they deliver the desired effect.
Are your change strategies lacking that ‘killer’ instinct?
Everyone wants success at a higher level. But, what holds people back, it usually boils down to a few things:
- Their change strategies are not working to their real passion and strengths.
- Poor change strategies lead to poor outcomes.
- Being adverse to making a change to their strategies.
- They are maintaining holding pattern because of the fear of failure.
- The possibility of change has given them a victim mentality.
- A scarcity mentality and lack the ‘killer instinct’ to make the change.
- People often lose sight of the basics, the things that will carry them through changes.
- They are operating in a dysfunctional business environment. Clean up the business and thrive, http://goo.gl/TqXnL3
Analyse the changes taking place
When you look at change, in general, put changes into different categories. Separate them into good and bad changes. Good ones usually come in the form of new things you want, such as increased profits, better relationships, bigger opportunities, nicer experiences and more satisfying accomplishments. Bad ones usually show up as losses, disappointments, failures, rejections, and any other number of things not going the way we think they should.
However, regardless of the situation, changes are inevitable, some big, some small, some you welcome, some you don’t. Having identifies and listed the changes you are facing, it’s time to create strategies and actions to address them. Never let changes just wash over you as the end result may be a disaster for you.
When you feel the pain of change
Almost all changes, even the biggest and best ones, involve some pain and loss of some kind. At the very least, they almost always involve apprehension and fear. Often you will find yourself seeking and fearing change at the same time, which can be emotionally confusing. Change often involves suffering, particularly if you are trying to cope with it by yourself.
Pretending the pain is not there, is unhelpful. When you acknowledge and feel your pain, you not only move through it, it will often nourish you. We all grow, heal, evolve, and become stronger and isn’t that what you want. When you don’t feel pain and the emotions connected to it, you can still suffer. Keep in mind eustress is just as damaging to your health as distress.
Often change isn’t fun or easy to face. You may need a lot of support and empathy to help you cope and implement changes you are not used to dealing with. Reach out to those around you who are willing to assist and to stand with you as you face the fear, pain, and discomfort. When we do this, you set free the opportunity to improve your business and your life and give others a chance to do the likewise.
Identify your real passion and strengths with a change tournament
The first part of figuring out how to change strategies is how you want to spend your one and only life. Identify the activities that make you light up, the things you love to do more than anything else. Make a list of the things you like doing and then ask yourself;
“If I had to choose between the first and second on the list, which would be more appealing to me? Close your eyes and envision a life in which the first activity plays a major role and the second doesn’t exist. Now envision a life in which the second activity plays a major role and the first doesn’t exist. Which image feels better? Once you have your answer, put your finger on the winner and compare that choice with the third activity and so on. It’s a bit like conducting a sporting tournament to see who is the winner.
In our experience with change management, excessive change can lead to exhaustion when people feel pressured to make too many changes at once. Excessive change initiatives can result when strategies are not well thought through, rolled out too fast, or put in place without sufficient preparation or resources.
If you want your business to be fun and more sustainable, understand your strengths and passions. Unless you are passionate about what you’re doing, it will be difficult to build a successful business? However, it is advisable to base your decision on your strengths. If you only have a passion for something but lack critical strengths, you will most likely continue to struggle.
Change strategies can and do fail
One major reason people resist change is that they think they will lose something of value as a result. Because people focus on their own best interests and not on those of the business, resistance often results in political behaviour that is unproductive. While few change strategies are entirely successful, few change strategies are complete failures. Most of your efforts will encounter problems.
Change outcomes often take longer than expected or desired. They can sometimes kill morale and they often cost a great deal in terms of managerial time or emotional upheaval in the business. People resist change because they have emotional attachments to the old ways, or something different. It is important, therefore, to make the rational and emotional case for change together.
No business would compete in the marketplace without a clear business strategy, yet many undergo major change efforts without clear change strategies. No wonder so many change efforts fail to produce their expected outcomes. You may have a main, or overarching strategy for the business and that’s okay as a general guide to align all the business functions with the vision and mission of the business.
However, often there are change strategy options available. List and prioritise them and consider how a range of strategies might better serve the business objectives. Smaller bite-sized strategies may do more to encourage trust and action by the people involved.
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Leverage your change strategies
Persuading people to change their behaviour is very difficult unless key elements are addressed. Including changing such things as structure, management style, reward systems, operating policies and procedures, marketing and training. They need to be redesigned to redesigned to support the new strategies. Even when these key elements needed for change are present, the established culture in your business can undermine them if people revert to old but, unconscious ways of behaving.
Don’t be so eager to claim a victory that they don’t take the time to find out what’s working and what’s not. Failure to follow through results in inconsistency and deprives the business of much-needed information about how to support the process of change throughout its life cycle. You need to receive good feedback and adjust the next steps accordingly.
Every day you wait is another day that you will never get back again. The most important thing is to become action orientated and take action every day.
“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things”. Niccolò Machiavelli
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional” Haruki Murakami
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for fewer challenges, wish for more wisdom”. Jim Rohn